- Keep fireworks out of the hands of children
- Buy from a reputable vendor
- Follow local and state laws
Remember, if you do decide to stay home and have a fireworks show of your own, rules vary on how late you can set them off, depending on where you live.
While Georgia cities cannot ban the use of fireworks, they can extend hours, regulate where fireworks are sold through zoning and enact taxes on sales, according to the Georgia Municipal Association.
If you decide to show celebrate the nation’s birthday at home, be sure to make sure your pets are safe.
Pets that become frightened at the boom of fireworks have hurt themselves going through windows to escape to a safe place. And dogs tied up outside while fireworks are being used in the area could break free of their tethers and run toward traffic.